Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Changes proposed for river management

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comment on a proposal to determine how river recreation should be managed on the upper Main Salmon River near Stanley.

The proposal would reissue four permits authorizing guided float boating on the "day stretch" of the Salmon. Four "walk-and-wade" angling permits authorizing steelhead fishing in the same reach of river would also be reissued.

SNRA managers say they have considered what they have learned from past years and are proposing a few changes.

· Outfitters' permits would be for 10 years rather than five as in the past.

· "Individual quiet zones," which were put in place to protect salmon redds that occurred outside mandatory quiet zones, would not be continued.

· Spawning monitoring would occur four times per season rather than daily.

For more information, call Ed Cannady at 727-5000.

Send comments to the Sawtooth NRA Headquarters at 5 North Fork Canyon Road, Ketchum, ID, 83340, attn: Salmon River Recreation Management Project or by e-mail to: by Feb. 22.

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